Redefining the Classroom

In time for Halloween, worldly masks on display at Shouldice Gallery

Posted: October 11th, 2012

By Deanna Riggs
LSSU PR Intern

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Through the month of October, Lake Superior State University's Kenneth J. Shouldice Library will be featuring Jean Jones' extensive collection of masks which she inherited from her father, Daniel Kroll.

Kroll's collections of masks come from all over the world, originating from countries such as Africa, Argentina, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and more. The masks, some of which were used for ceremonial purposes and others for theater, are of many different shapes, sizes, textures, and color.

Kroll collected the masks himself over time and also received some from his friends. Jones said her father took pride in his collection.

"He really loved the masks and left them to me I think in the hope that they would be shown, which is why I am offering them for display," she said.

One of the masks being displayed at Shouldice Library

Jones, who is chair of the Sault Area Arts Council's board of directors and director of the council's Alberta House, had the masks on display in the Alberta House Olive Craig Gallery last February when LSSU librarian Mary June observed them and asked Jones if she would be interested in having a showing at the university. LSSU changes its display every month. The Shouldice Library Gallery is just inside the building's lobby.

For more information about the library's art showing, contact June at or 906-635-2862. For display hours, visit the Shouldice Library web page. -LSSU-

CONTACTS: Tom Pink,, 906-635-2315; John Shibley,, 635-2314; Mary June,, 635-2862.